the door to yesterday alan warner 2020 vol. 4. no 25

 

 

 

Homer Banks The Door To Yesterday. Alan Warner. Raymond Jackson Carl Hampton.

 Memphis-born singer/songwriter 

HOMER BANKS (1941-2003) 

was one of the unsung heroes of Southern Soul music.


In the mid-60’s, many soul fans discovered a group of powerhouse singles 

that he recorded as a singer including two Isaac Hayes & David Porter 

stormers HOOKED BY LOVE and 60 MINUTES OF YOUR LOVE plus 

an exceptional song that Homer wrote himself along with Deanie Parker 

titled A LOT OF LOVE. (Deanie Parker was also a singer herself, 

releasing singles on Stax’s Volt subsidiary). 

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 A LOT OF LOVE was released by Homer on 

Liberty’s Minit label in ’66.  

https://youtu.be/u-0K3oMkd5E  

The bass riff was sampled in Steve Winwood’s song 

GIMME SOME LOVIN’ by The Spencer Davis Group

https://youtu.be/ko3m0NBbq1o  

and later it was successfully revived in the UK as 

AIN’T THAT A LOT OF LOVE by Simply Red in ’99.


Despite his early soul vocals, Homer’s greatest success evolved 

as a songwriter initially for Stax where he formed a writing trio with singer 

Bettye Crutcher and guitarist Raymond Jackson; they called themselves

 ‘We Three’ and hit paydirt with the powerhouse cheating ballad 

WHO’S MAKING LOVE with which gospel-schooled soulman

Johnnie Taylor roared to the top of the R&B charts in ’68.


The team also crafted an elegant midtempo groover 

I LIKE WHAT YOU’RE DOING TO ME for Stax soul queen 

Carla Thomas.


For me, Homer’s finest composition 

was another cheating song namely the classic 

(IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG) I DON’T WANT TO BE RIGHT 

as immortalized by Luther Ingram in ’72 whose superlative version 

was recorded at Muscle Shoals and released on producer Johnny Baylor’s 

KoKo label. A detailed account of the session with quotes from both 

Homer and Luther can be found in Adam White & Fred Bronson’s 

authoritative Billboard Book Of No.1 R&B Hits (Billboard, 1993). 


The ballad was co-authored again by Raymond Jackson 

along with another of Homer’s regular collaborators Carl Hampton

Homer and Raymond original performed as members of gospel group 

The Soul Consolidators and in the mid-70’s, 

Homer & Carl recorded together as Banks & Hampton.


An earlier momentous Luther Ingram success was 

AIN’T THAT LOVING YOU, a pleading ballad that Homer co-wrote 

with Allen Jones. Allen worked extensively with and co-wrote many of 

the Bar-Kays’ hits and both he and Homer created the funksters’ 

SON OF SHAFT. Homer & Allen also wrote I CAN’T STAND UP 

FOR FALLING DOWN which started out as a Sam & Dave B-side 

but which R&B fan Elvis Costello smartly revived in 1980 

giving him a Top 5 UK charter.


In addition, Homer, Carl & Raymond wrote some glorious songs for 

the Staple Singers led by BE WHAT YOU ARE, IF YOU’RE READY 

(Come Go With Me)  and the ultimate message ballad 

TOUCH A HAND, MAKE A FRIEND which reached an entire 

country audience when revived by The Oak Ridge Boys.


Finally, two more of my other personal faves are a dynamite scorcher 

called CAN’T YOU FIND ANOTHER WAY (Of Doing It) by Sam & Dave

 in ’68 and a funk-edged workout ANGEL OF MERCY by bluesman

Albert King from ’72.


Here is an alphabetical list of chart versions of Homer’s songs:


AIN'T THAT A LOT OF LOVE 

(Homer Banks/Deanie Parker)

by Simply Red

Pro: Andy Wright, Gota Yashiki & Mick Hucknall 

(EastWest: 1999) 

UK #14  

https://youtu.be/2DwZipkoEns


AIN’T THAT LOVING YOU (For More Reasons Than One) 

(Homer Banks/Allen Jones)

by Luther Ingram

Pro: Johnny Baylor 

(KoKo: 1970) US #6 R&B, #45 Pop

https://youtu.be/LP7Jy53WI14 

by Isaac Hayes & David Porter

Pro: Isaac Hayes & David Porter

Arr: Isaac Hayes 

(Enterprise: 1972) 

US #37 R&B, #86 Pop 

https://youtu.be/Udjx5acPb6Y

by Lou Rawls

Pro: Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff 

(Philadelphia Int'l: 1980) US #57 R&B 

https://youtu.be/LIwlftgGtS0 


ANGEL OF MERCY 

(Homer Banks/Raymond Jackson)

by Albert King

Pro: Henry Bush & Allen Jones 

(Stax: 1972) 

US #42 R&B 

https://youtu.be/dH0jLPddswU


BAD WEATHER 

(Homer Banks)

by J. Blackfoot

Pro: Homer Banks 

(Edge: 1987) 

US #78 R&B 


BE WHAT YOU ARE 

(Homer Banks/Carl Hampton/Raymond Jackson)

by The Staple Singers 

(Stax: 1973) 

US #18 R&B, #66 Pop 

https://youtu.be/nllpV0Qs-nA


CAN'T YOU FIND ANOTHER WAY (Of Doing It) 

(Homer Banks/Raymond Jackson)

by Sam & Dave

Pro: Isaac Hayes & David Porter 

(Atlantic: 1968) 

US #19 R&B, #54 Pop

https://youtu.be/QMeDOmme1co


CAUGHT IN THE ACT (Of Gettin' It On) 

(Homer Banks/Carl Hampton)

by Facts Of Life

Pro: Millie Jackson

(Kayvette: 1976) US #13 R&B 

https://youtu.be/HcBniqXcFdQ


FROM TOYS TO BOYS 

(Homer Banks/Carl Hampton/Raymond Jackson)

by The Emotions

Pro: Pervis Staples, Homer Banks, 

Raymond Jackson & Carl Hampton 

(Volt: 1973) 

US #37 R&B 

https://youtu.be/W7NoMYQ43ms


HIDING PLACE 

(Homer Banks/Chuck Brooks)

by J. Blackfoot

Pro: Homer Banks & Chuck Brooks 

(Sound Town: 1985) 

US #77 R&B 


I CAN’T STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN 

(Homer Banks/Allen Jones)

by Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Pro: Nick Lowe 

(Columbia: 1980) 

UK #4 

https://youtu.be/fGUAEb1EYvE


I COULD NEVER BE HAPPY 

(Homer Banks/Carl Hampton/Raymond Jackson)

by The Emotions

Homer Banks, Carl Hampton/Raymond Jackson & Pervis Staples 

(Volt: 1972) 

US #23 R&B, #93 Pop

https://youtu.be/YErY9q33Whs


I COULD NEVER BE PRESIDENT 

(Homer Banks/Raymond Jackson/Bettye Crutcher)

by Johnnie Taylor

Pro: Don Davis (Stax: 1969) 

US #10 R&B, #48 Pop 

https://youtu.be/erKcL74AeGQ


I DON'T PLAY THAT 

(Homer Banks/Chuck Brooks)

by Shirley Brown

Pro: Homer Banks & Chuck Brooks 

(Sound Town: 1984) 

US #68 R&B


I LIKE WHAT YOU'RE DOING (To Me) 

(Homer Banks/Raymond Jackson/Bettye Crutcher)

by Carla Thomas

Pro: Don Davis (Stax: 1969) 

US #9 R&B, #49 Pop 

https://youtu.be/gNoPT-jZFlE


I STOOD ON THE SIDEWALK AND CRIED 

(Homer Banks/Chuck Brooks)

by J. Blackfoot

Pro: Homer Banks & Chuck Brooks 

(Sound Town: 1984) 

US #63 R&B


I THOUGHT OF YOU TODAY 

(Homer Banks/Chuck Brooks)

by Randy Brown

Pro: Homer Banks & Carl Hampton 

(Parachute: 1979) US #71 R&B

I WANNA MAKE LOVE TO YOU 

(Homer Banks/Carl Hampton)

by Randy Brown

Pro: Homer Banks & Carl Hampton 

(Parachute: 1978) US #22 R&B

https://youtu.be/1OsqwDOdjQ4


I'D RATHER HURT MYSELF (Than To Hurt You) 

(Homer Banks/Carl Hampton)

by Randy Brown

Pro: Homer Banks & Carl Hampton 

(Parachute: 1978) 

US #89 R&B


I'LL BE THE OTHER WOMAN 

(Homer Banks/Carl Hampton)

by The Soul Children 

(Stax: 1973) 

US #3 R&B & #36 Pop both in '74 

https://youtu.be/7cN3Lz64x7k


I'LL BE YOUR SHELTER (In Time Of Storm) 

(Homer Banks/Carl Hampton/Raymond Jackson) 

by Luther Ingram

Pro: Johnny Baylor 

(KoKo: 1972) 

US #9 R&B & #40 Pop both in '73 

https://youtu.be/pB-JNzoPWDA


I'M GLAD TO DO IT 

(Homer Banks/Johnny Keyes)

by Little Royal

Pro: Hal Neely 

(Tri-Us: 1973) 

US #88 R&B 


I'M GONNA HAVE TO TELL HER 

(Homer Banks/Carl Hampton)

by Banks & Hampton

Pro: Brad Shapiro 

(Warner Bros: 1977) 

US #80 R&B


I’VE GOT A FEELING (We’ll Be Seeing Each Other Again

(Homer Banks/Carl Hampton)

by Al Wilson

Pro: Marc Gordon

Arr: H.B. Barnum 

(Playboy: 1976) 

US #3 R&B, #29 Pop 

https://youtu.be/W7gJZmf55lo


IF I DON'T LOVE YOU 

(Homer Banks/Chuck Brooks)

by Randy Brown

Pro: Homer Banks & Chuck Brooks 

(Chocolate City: 1981) 

US #31 R&B

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 (IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG) I DON'T WANT TO BE RIGHT 

(Homer Banks/Carl Hampton/Raymond Jackson)

by Luther Ingram

Pro: Johnny Baylor 

(KoKo: 1972) 

US #1 R&B, #3 Pop 

https://youtu.be/F9vEKTRLnUI

by Jackie Burns

Pro: Bob McDill & Bob Webster 

(JMI: 1972) US #71 Country 

https://youtu.be/_cwH2JnbkoE

by Millie Jackson

Pro: Brad Shapiro & Millie Jackson 

(Spring: 1974) US #42 Pop in ‘75 

https://youtu.be/amb0JFw447k

by Rod Stewart

Pro: Tom Dowd 

(UK Riva: 1977) 

UK #23 in ’80 

https://youtu.be/R7EA3wm1-lc

by Barbara Mandrell

Pro: Tom Collins 

(MCA: 1978) 

US #1 Country, #6 AC & #31 Pop all in ’79

https://youtu.be/a5WDHYRCWh4

by Rhonda Clark

(Tabu: 1992) 

US #26 R&B 


IF YOU'RE READY (Come Go With Me) 

(Homer Banks/Carl Hampton/Raymond Jackson)

by The Staple Singers

Pro: Al Bell 

(Stax: 1973) 

US #1 R&B, #9 Pop 

https://youtu.be/bkMdFBetM7U

by Ruby Turner Featuring Jonathan Butler

Pro: Billy Ocean 

(Jive: 1986) US #58 R&B, UK #30  

IT AIN'T ALWAYS WHAT YOU DO (It's Who You Let See You Do It) 

(Homer Banks/Carl Hampton/Raymond Jackson)

by The Soul Children

Pro: Jim Stewart & Al Jackson 

(Stax: 1973) US #11 R&B 

https://youtu.be/_7bLDkyA9_s 


KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR CLOSE FRIENDS 

(Homer Banks/Carl Hampton)

by The Newcomers

Pro: Homer Banks & Carl Hampton 

(Truth: 1974)

US #66 R&B 


LEAVE THE BRIDGES STANDING 

(Homer Banks/Chuck Brooks)

by Shirley Brown

Pro: Homer Banks & Chuck Brooks 

(Sound Town: 1984) 

US #73 R&B


LOVE MAKES IT RIGHT 

(Homer Banks/Carl Hampton)

by The Soul Children

Pro: Homer Banks & Carl Hampton 

(Stax: 1974) 

US #47 R&B  


LOVIN’ ON BORROWED TIME

(Homer Banks/William Bell/Joe Shamwell)

by William Bell

Pro: William Bell & Al Jackson Jr. 

(Stax: 1973) US #22 R&B 

https://youtu.be/AHCRXVcxyXQ


NEXT TIME 

(Homer Banks/Raymond Jackson)

by Johnnie Taylor

Pro: Steve Cropper & Al Jackson 

(Stax: 1968) US #34 R&B  


SLUM BABY 

(Homer Banks/Raymond Jackson/Bettye Crutcher)

by Booker T. & The MG’s

Pro: Booker T. & The MG’s 

(Stax: 1969) 

US #46 R&B. #88 Pop

https://youtu.be/C4F7-YIjaTk


SON OF SHAFT 

(Homer Banks/William Brown/Allen Jones)

by The Bar-Kays

Pro: Allen Jones 

(Volt: 1971) 

US #10 R&B & #53 Pop both in ’72

https://youtu.be/JfBEs2d9RWg


SUNSHINE LADY 

(Homer Banks/Lester Snell)

by Latimore

Pro: Wolf Stephenson 

(Malaco: 1986) 

US #76 R&B


TAKE CARE OF YOUR HOMEWORK 

(Homer Banks/Raymond Jackson/Don Davis/Tom Kelly)

by Johnnie Taylor

Pro: Al Jackson Jr. & Don Davis 

(Stax: 1969) US #2 R&B, #20 Pop

https://youtu.be/Sd51iXaEUZQ 


TAKE HIM BACK (Taxi) 

(Homer Banks/Chuck Brooks)

by Anne LeSear

Pro: Houston Connection Staff 

(H.C.R.C.: 1984) 

US #94 R&B


TAXI 

(Homer Banks/Chuck Brooks)

by J. Blackfoot

Pro: Homer Banks & Chuck Brooks 

(Sound Town: 1983) 

US #4 R&B & #90 Pop both in '84 

https://youtu.be/Whx0_4UJoPc


TEAR JERKER 

(Homer Banks/Lester Snell)

by J. Blackfoot Feat. Ann Hines

Pro: Homer Banks 

(Edge: 1987) 

US #28 R&B 

https://youtu.be/sHFrZx_fzwQ


THIS USED TO BE YOUR HOUSE 

(Homer Banks/Chuck Brooks)

by Shirley Brown

Pro: Homer Banks & Chuck Brooks 

(Sound Town: 1984) 

US #70 in '85


(Too Little In Common To Be Lovers) 

TOO MUCH GOING TO SAY GOODBYE 

(Homer Banks/Carl Hampton)

by The Newcomers

Pro: Homer Banks & Carl Hampton 

(Truth: 1975) 

US #74 R&B


TOO MANY LOVERS 

(Homer Banks/Raymond Jackson)

by Shack

Pro: Homer Banks & Raymond Jackson 

(Volt: 1970) US #23 R&B in '71  

https://youtu.be/GS3oVqj75WE


TOUCH A HAND, MAKE A FRIEND 

(Homer Banks/Carl Hampton/Raymond Jackson)

by The Staple Singers

Pro: Al Bell 

(Stax: 1974) 

US #3 R&B, #23 Pop & #27 AC 

https://youtu.be/5_PJE5lrxdc

by The Oak Ridge Boys

Pro: Ron Chancey

(MCA: 1985) 

US #1 Country 

https://youtu.be/1k931TrEiNQ


WE OUGHT TO BE DOIN' IT 

(Homer Banks/Chuck Brooks)

by Randy Brown

Pro: Homer Banks & Chuck Brooks 

(Chocolate City: 1980) US #16 R&B 

https://youtu.be/pb9oOIVRE6Q


WHO'S MAKING LOVE 

(Homer Banks/Raymond Jackson/Bettye Crutcher/Don Davis)

by Johnnie Taylor

Pro: Don Davis 

(Stax: 1968) 

US #1 R&B, #5 Pop 

https://youtu.be/9vk5iL6HhO8

by Young-Holt Unlimited

Pro: Carl Davis & Eugene Record

Arr: Sonny Sanders 

(Brunswick: 1969) 

US #57 Pop

by The Blues Brothers

Pro: Bob Tischler & Paul Shaffer 

(Atlantic: 1980) 

US #39 Pop in ‘81 


WONDERFUL 

(Homer Banks/Carl Hampton)

by Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.

Pro & Arr: Frank E. Wilson 

(ABC: 1977) US #76 R&B


YOU SAYS IT ALL 

(Homer Banks/Chuck Brooks)

by Randy Brown

Pro: Homer Banks & Carl Hampton 

(Parachute: 1979) 

US #47 R&B, #72 Pop

https://youtu.be/6zc9N4FZ4qA


YOU'VE GOT A CUSHION TO FALL ON 

(Homer Banks/Raymond Jackson)

by Carla Thomas

Pro: Don Davis 

(Stax: 1971) 

US #49 R&B in '72. 

Backup vocals by The Emotions

https://youtu.be/N6A0EBB242o


Among the various songs in which 

Homer Banks compositions that have been sampled:


I CARE 4 YOU 

by Aaliyah 

(Blackground: 2002)

which sampled 

(Too Little In Common To Be Lovers) 

TOO MUCH GOING TO SAY GOODBYE


MESMERIZED 

by Faith Evans 

(Capitol: 2005)

which sampled 

WHO’S MAKING LOVE


WANNA DO YOU RIGHT 

by K-Ci & JoJo 

(MCA: 2001)

which sampled 

(IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG) I DON'T WANT TO BE RIGHT



WHITE DRESS 

by Kanye West & RZA 

on the soundtrack of the 2012 film “The Man With Iron Fists”

which sampled 

I COULD NEVER BE HAPPY


The US Chart positions quoted above are as published originally 

in Billboard magazines; researched and compiled by Joel Whitburn 

in his series of Chart Books published by Record Research Inc. 


His books are available thru their website 

www.recordresearch.com


As in all my postings, the recordings listed and reference 

above are in no way intended as definitive collections. 


Please send any comments or suggestions to 

thedoortoyesterday@gmail.com


Rock on.


Alan Warner


Additional songwriter lists appear 

in the following previous editions of "The Door To Yesterday": 



Dave Bartholomew: Vol.2, No.19

Thom Bell: Vol.3, No.9

Bert Berns: Vol.3, No.22

Charles Brown: Vol.2, No.25

Willie Dixon: Vol.4, No.9

Donnie Fritts: Vol.4, No.2

Gerry Goffin: Vol.3, No.16

Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil: Vol.2, No.6

Curtis Mayfield: Vol.4, No.18

Allen Toussaint: Vol.4, No.14

 


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